Effective 1 January 2017, as expected, the monthly levy on foreign national employees in companies where the number of foreign national employees exceeds the number of Saudi employees has doubled to SAR 400.

Furthermore, for the first time, a levy of SAR 300 per month applies to companies where the number of foreign national employees does not exceed the number of Saudi employees.

However, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development has announced that Saudi companies employing five people or fewer are exempt from the new monthly expat levy. Companies employing nine people or fewer must pay the levy for the number of employees exceeding five.

Since 1 July 2017, a monthly levy of SAR 100 (approximately USD 27) must be paid for each foreign national dependent resident in Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry has also confirmed that foreign nationals working in branch offices of general recruitment companies and recruitment companies for hiring domestic help are exempt from the levy. Additionally, the tax will not apply to spouses of Saudi citizens, citizens of GCC countries and non-Saudi children of Saudi women.

How is the levy paid?

The levies for the duration of the intended residence are to be paid to the Jawazat office (the Ministry of Interior office responsible for new and renewal visas/permits) for each foreign national employee or accompanying foreign national dependent at the time of the initial or renewal Muqeem (residence permit) application. The fee may be paid by the principal applicant or by the sponsoring Saudi entity.

Future increases

The levy raised on foreign national employees and dependents will increase in 2019 and 2020:

Employee of company where the number of foreign national employees exceeds the number of Saudi employees:

  • 2018 SAR 400
  • 2019 SAR 600
  • 2020 SAR 800

Employee of company where the number of foreign national employees does not exceed the number of Saudi employees:

  • 2018 SAR 300
  • 2019 SAR 500
  • 2020 SAR 700

Dependent:

  • 2018 SAR 200
  • 2019 SAR 300
  • 2020 SAR 400

Employers of foreign nationals living and working in Saudi Arabia should review their plans to take into account the new expat levy.


Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.